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Belief in the Qur'an

Adopted from the book : "The Faith of Shi'a Islam" by : Allamah Muhammad Ridha al-Muzaffar"

We believe that the Qur'an was Divinely inspired, and revealed by Allah on the tongue of His honorable Prophet, making clear everything, an everlasting miracle. Man is unable to write anything like it because of its eloquence, clarity, truth and knowledge, and no alteration can be made to it. The Qur'an we have now is exactly what was sent to the Prophet, and anyone who claims otherwise is either an evil-doer, a mere sophist or else a person in error, and all of them have gone astray, because it is the speech of Allah, and:

Falsehood cannot come at it from before it or from behind.(41;42)

One of the testimonies to the miraculous nature of the Qur'an is that, as time moves on and the arts and sciences advances, it remains as fresh and harmonious as ever, its supreme aims and ideals preserved. There can be no grounds for dispute with it, nor does it contradict true scientific facts, and there is nothing in it contrary to positive philosophical thinking, On the contrary, it is the books of scientists and even the greatest of philosophers, at the pinnacle for learning, which contains ta least a few trivialities and contradictions and even incorrect assertions. Moreover, with advances in scientific research and with modern scientific theories, even the greatest philosophers of Greece, such as Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, whom all those who have come after have recognized as the fathers of science and the masters of thought, have been shown to have made some errors.

We also believe that we must respect and give dignity to the Glorious Qur'an, and this both in word and in deed. Therefore, it must not be defiled intentionally, not even one of its letters, and ti must not be touched by one who is not tahir. It is said in the Qur'an:

None can touch it save the purified. (56; 79)

The subject is dealt with in books of Islamic law.

Neither is it permitted to burn it or to be impious toward it by any behaviour which is deemed to be insulting, such as throwing it, making it unclean, or putting one's foot on it; not is it permitted to put it in a filthy place, If someone intentionally does any of these things or anything similar, he is not a believer in the Qru'an and its sanctity, and he is considered to be an unbeliever, In fact he has rejected the Lord of all the worlds.

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